[Kofi Addae, GNA Special Correspondent in Bata, Equatorial Guinea]

Bata, Jan. 30, GNA – Senegal coach Amara Traore insists he will not resign following his team’s empty performance at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

The highly-rated Teranga Lions failed to glitter and put up a pointless display which marked as one of their bad moments as far as participation at the flagship African football tournament is concerned.

Despite his growing unpopularity, Traore has no intentions of throwing in the towel and has vowed to stay on and revive the team.

“I will not resign. I have a strong desire to continue. I started this job two years ago and it cannot come down overnight,” a sad-filled Traore told GNA Sports after their 1-2 loss to Libya on Sunday at the Estadio de Bata.

The 46-year old, however, said the decision rests solely on the Senegalese Football Federation.

“We are not a team that does not create opportunities. We play well but the goals do not come. Also, The Africa Cup of Nations is a very difficult tournament and it has always been so for us,” Traore added.

The former Senegalese striker said inexperience also did his team more harm than good.

““You cannot compare the Senegal team to that of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, who are more experienced and compact.”

The Teranga Lions lost 1-2 to Zambia in their opener before being shocked by co-hosts Equatorial Guinea by a similar result.

They finished bottom of Group A with no point from three games.



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